PN presents motion calling for public inquiry into Caruana Galizia assassination

The motion calls for a board to inquiry to be set up with the approval of a two-thirds parliamentary majority and for a report to be completed within six months

The Opposition presented the Speaker with a motion calling for a public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia
The Opposition presented the Speaker with a motion calling for a public inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The Nationalist Party has official requested that a public inquiry be held into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia one year ago.

On Monday, the Opposition presented the Speaker of the House with a motion calling for a board of inquiry composed of people known for their “integrity and honesty” with the approval of a two-thirds parliamentary majority.

The motion, which was signed by Opposition leader Adrian Delia, MP Karol Aquilina and whip Robert Cutajar, states that a report by the board should be completed and presented to the Clerk of the House within six months.

“Since reports in local and international newspapers have exposed information regarding the proximity of cabinet ministers, both with the accused, as well as those investigating him, justice must not only be done, but must also seen to be done,” reads the motion.

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The motion also calls for the resignation of Attorney General Peter Grech and Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar and their replacement with other individuals “who will be obliged to investigate with impartiality in order for those who commissioned this political assassination to be brought to justice”.

The motion asks for an investigation into whether authorities were aware, or whether they should have been aware, of the risk to Caruana Galizia’s life; whether the necessary precautions were taken to ensure her protection; and what can be done by authorities to ensure that journalists and other “corruption activists” are protected.

 

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